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The formation and implementation of national media policies in Europe and their relationship to democratic society and media freedom and independence

The formation and implementation of national media policies in Europe and their relationship to democratic society and media freedom and independence

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The formation and implementation of national media policies in Europe and theirrelationship to democratic society and mediafreedom and independence:A theoretical and analytical frame for theMEDIADEM project
Dia Anagnostou (ELIAMEP), Rachael Craufurd Smith(UEDIN) and Evangelia Psychogiopoulou (ELIAMEP)October 2010
 
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Project profile
MEDIADEM is a European research project which seeks to understand and explain thefactors that promote or conversely prevent the development of policies supporting free andindependent media. The project combines a country-based study in Belgium, Bulgaria,Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Romania, Slovakia, Spain,Turkey and the UK with a comparative analysis across media sectors and various types of media services. It will investigate the configuration of media policies in the aforementionedcountries and will examine the opportunities and challenges generated by new media servicesfor media freedom and independence. Moreover, external pressures on the design andimplementation of state media policies, stemming from the European Union and the Councilof Europe, will be thoroughly discussed and analysed.
 
Project title: European Media Policies Revisited: Valuing and Reclaiming Free andIndependent Media in Contemporary Democratic SystemsProject duration: April 2010 - March 2013EU funding: approx. 2.65 million EuroGrant agreement: FP7-SSH-2009-A no. 244365Project website: www.mediadem.eliamep.gr Copyright © 2010All rights reservedDisclaimer The information expressed in this document is the sole responsibility of the authors and doesnot necessarily reflect the views of the European Commission.
 
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Information about the authorsDia Anagnostou
is Lecturer of Politics in the Department of Balkan, Slavic and OrientalStudies in Macedonia University of Thessaloniki, and senior research fellow at the HellenicFoundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP). She has held research positions atPrinceton University and the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the EuropeanUniversity Institute in Florence. Dia Anagnostou has been awarded a Marie Curie Fellowshipto work on a book project entitled ‘Civil Society and the Mobilisation of European HumanRights: Minorities and Immigrants in the Strasbourg Court’ (for 2010-2012). Her articles haveappeared on West European Politics, Southeast European Politics, International Journal of Human Rights and European Public Law, among others. Dia Anagnostou has recently co-edited the book ‘The European Court of Human Rights and the Rights of MarginalisedIndividuals and Minorities in National Context’ (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2010). She isalso editor and co-author of the book ‘Domesticating the European Court of Human Rights:Implementation, Legal Mobilisation and Policy Change’ (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010, forthcoming).
Rachael Craufurd Smith
is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. Before becoming an academic, she gained considerable experience working both in private legal practice and as an adviser on media law and policy for the BBC. She teaches media law at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and supervises a range of PhD research studentsworking in the media field. Rachael Craufurd Smith has written widely on the impact of constitutional guarantees, fundamental rights, and international and domestic laws on media pluralism and diversity. More recently, her research has focused on the impact of convergenceon established domestic regulatory regimes and the evolving relationship between individualsand the mass media. She is a member of the Europa Institute and Co-director of the AHRCScript Centre, based in the School of Law of the University of Edinburgh. She is also aneditor of 
The Journal of Media Law
, launched by Hart Publishing in 2009 to providescholarly and critical analysis of media law developments.
Evangelia Psychogiopoulou
is a lawyer and research fellow at the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP). A graduate from the Faculty of Law of theKapodistrian University of Athens, she holds a DEA in EU Law from Paris I University, aMaster of Research in Law and a PhD in Law from the European University Institute. Her areas of focus are EU cultural and media policies and human rights protection. In October 2006, she joined ELIAMEP and worked for the EU-funded JURISTRAS research project(www.juristras.eliamep.gr). She has also held research and management positions at theAcademy of European Law (Florence, Italy), the Directorate General Education and Cultureof the European Commission and UNESCO. She is presently the coordinator of MEDIADEM. Her recent publications include ‘The Integration of Cultural Considerations inEU Law and Policies’ (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers 2008) and ‘The European Court of Human Rights and the Rights of Marginalised Individuals and Minorities in NationalContext’ (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers 2010, co-edited with Dia Anagnostou).

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